Martin Cooke: Career Arc, Logistics, and Understanding How to Listen - Progressions: Success in the Music Industry

Episode 16

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20th Jan 2021

Martin Cooke: Career Arc, Logistics, and Understanding How to Listen

Our guest this week is Grammy nominated recording engineer and mixer Martin Cooke. Martin’s resume reads like a who’s who of alternative and rock n roll. He's worked with artists such as Death Cab for Cutie, Of Monsters and Men, Kimbra, At the Drive In, Van Halen, Muse, and Pearl Jam. I’d argue that you’ll have a hard time finding somebody else his age that has a better understanding of the dynamics of a recording session and demeanor required for success in that world. We have a great chat about the future of engineering, having a career arc, how people skills can outweigh technical skills, and the true reason that sharpening pencils is important.

In this episode, we'll dig in on...

  • Beginner's Mind
  • Understanding how to listen
  • Fighting your ego
  • Passing on the knowledge of engineering
  • Not taking things personally
  • Using humor to break the ice
  • Following your gut
  • Working 90 days straight
  • The economics making a record
  • Starting out at Henson Recording Studios

Learn More About Martin Cooke...

Website: https://www.mcooke.net/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/m_cooker/?hl=en

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Guest: Martin Cooke

Host: Travis Ference

Editor: Travis Ference

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About the Podcast

Progressions: Success in the Music Industry
Interviews highlighting successful careers in music and breaking down the steps it took to achieve their goals.
I do not believe the people who have thriving careers and fulfilling lives in music can look back and attribute it all to “luck”. At some point in their career they committed themselves to a goal and took steps to achieve that goal. That's what Progressions is here to highlight. We will set you up for success by bringing you an array of interviews with guests from all parts of the industry. By focusing on identifying significant steps and turning points in their careers we hope to inspire you to set big goals for yourself and by doing so design the music career that you've always dreamed of.
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Travis Ference

Travis Ference is a Grammy nominated mixer, producer, and recording engineer based out of Los Angeles, CA. With over a decade of experience in the music business he has worked on multiple #1 albums, several top 10's, numerous RIAA platinum and gold certified records, as well as hit TV shows and blockbuster films. His work can be heard on more than 15 million albums sold and billions streams worldwide.

The inspiration for his podcast came from his journey over the last 5 years to redefine what success is for him, to take control of his time, and to ultimately live the life he wants while making the records he loves.